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Unacceptable TV News

Following an afternoon field trip to Lincoln Park, a report was confirmed that NBC is dropping the original Law & Order franchise from its primetime schedule.

Say it ain’t so Peacock. It will be interesting to see if Liam will grow up and remember his Dad watching Law & Order religiously just like I remember my parents watching classic cop shows Cagney and Lacey and Hill Street Blues. (Fun Fact – Did you know that we live two blocks from the police station used for the TV series? It is now home to the UIC Police. Check the link for footage.)

Although not my favorite L & O franchise–Special Victims Unit tops my list–the original initiated me into this classic series. Jerry Orbach was the actor who really epitomized the police drama in this era. There is talk about a new series beginning, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Where’s the Windy City edition, Dick Wolf?

Back to Lincoln Park. Land of Nod was the destination and SulliMom finally picked out her very own diaper bag. She went with a Skip Hop selection–fine choice. It’s no Diaper Dude, but a close second.

After the Land of Nod stop we stopped by The Container Store. It might be the greatest store. Ever. I’m a sucker for storage containers, office stuff and paper products. I guess we should have purchased the My Dad Is A Geek onesie we saw at Land of Nod.



I Hope I Don’t Have What It Takes To Be THAT Parent

I ran across a pair of articles online while hanging out with Liam and Molly on our couch tonight.

Both provoked thoughts which helps complete the day.

David Brooks’ column in the NY Times is centered around President Obama’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. But I tried to connect the story to my life and I think on some levels I’m too safe. Do I possess a professional and strategic attitude toward life? Take a quick read. I think I might be a little disturbed as he describes at the end. It might be time to question the status quo a little more often.

Lastly, Julie Deardorff of the Trib wrote about How to not scream at your child athlete. I know I have some time to prepare for this stuff, but it’s never too early to take precautions.

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Will I Take My Son/Daughter To Work?

As the 26 Days of Awesome countdown hits two, an awesome and humorous argument is confronted in this Trib story.

Select school districts are threatening, er kindly suggesting, that parents do not take their kids out of school for the tradition now known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Students will be held responsible for what they miss and will be marked absent.

Okay, sounds good school districts. Way to make this a big deal. For nearly 20 years this tradition has been taking place. I think we’d all agree that school is important, but real life experience always means more in the educational experience whether a child is four or 22.

I have to think, as I look into my parental crystal ball, that if my first-grader is doing well in school and can stand to miss a few hours I’ll take he/she to work. But I’d like to think if I know little SulliSix-Year-Old is struggling in reading I’ll skip the Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Dear School Districts: Please stop down from your high horse. But, maybe my thinking isn’t in the majority.

Here’s another look at the holiday from a NY Times blog.


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Tips & Tools For Fools

I use the term Fools in jest.

It simply rhymed with Tools.

But as we continue the countdown, at times I feel foolish. You read something, or you hear something and you can’t believe you hadn’t pondered that scenario yet.

I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I really enjoy hearing from other parents–especially parents who have recently experienced the process–to limit said foolishness.

My good friend Randy and his wife Meredith are new parents to Carter–just a couple months old. He’s a handsome devil, a Sun Devil perhaps since his father is an ASU alum.

I chatted about the Gentle Giraffe in a post a couple of days ago and Meredith commented via Facebook (pass along your notes to me on Facebook here if you would like) that the giraffe has been great and continues to soothe Carter. (By the way, thanks to Molly’s aunt Joan and cousins Erin, Brittany and Kelly, who are listed in no particular order to avoid a debacle, for gifting us the giraffe. Perhaps we will name the giraffe after you guys??)

But here’s the best part about friends who are pulling for you–she suggested an item I would have never even pondered, but she feels was crucial for their little clan: The Itzbeen Baby Care Timer.

Of course, this is key. I’m trying to put my arms around what the first few hours, days and weeks will be like and I keep telling myself, “Any gadget that will help I need!” Well, I can tell you that with a few dollars on our gift card remaining I will be investing in this. Mostly because a trusted source is recommending it, but because I’m not great at math either. I mean, it will remind you from which breast fountain the baby last fed for cripes sake!

But I think Meredith’s point to me was that you can be damn prepared, taking great care of the little one and still be REALLY tired and overwhelmed–a little help doesn’t hurt from an awesome device. And these little victories become World Championships–at least that’s how I envision it.

I’m going to look into another recommendation from the Spielmans–the book, Baby 411, as well.

Thanks Meredith–hopefully your husband is doing his part, too!

READER INPUT REQUEST: Do you have any suggestions for quality parental iPhone Apps?


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The Gentle Giraffe Stands Tall

SulliBaby's cradle ready for sleep activation. To help, the Gentle Giraffe is poised to play a role.

As the days go by, preparation for the arrival of SulliBaby increases in earnest.

SulliMom has completed most of the laundry with the specific baby-friendly detergent. Cradle is complete (see photo). Crib is prepped with mobile. Hospital bag is packed and ready in the back of the SuLiberty.

And I am breezing through The Happiest Baby on the Block. Great read so far; I’m learning stuff. I’ll provide a full review upon completion.

Along the same lines as the book–calming a fussy baby–is a product that seems pretty awesome upon first interaction.

Enter the Gentle Giraffe by Cloud B.

It was one of a bevy of Tsunami gifts we received–I’ll have to check on the benefactor.

I’m learning that keeping the newborn’s environment as similar to SulliMom’s internal condo will be key. The giraffe provides some soothing sounds, including static white noise that replicates what it sounds like in the womb, a faux heartbeat intended to duplicate Molly’s heartbeat and safari sounds. I did a little test run and nearly returned to my old pacifier. We’ll see how it works in the regular season soon.

Off to Vagina Doctor in a bit. In addition, it appears we’re picking up our official wedding photos today.

I was worried the baby would arrive before wedding photos. Can you say, IRISH-CATHOLIC?


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Good And Referral Friday

Stations of the Cross.

The Passion of Christ.

On this Good Friday, it always brings me back to my grammar and high school days when these events were recalled at church.

As I enjoyed breakfast at Meli in Greektown this morning with Smitty and RJR we commented on how it would rain around 3 PM today. It hasn’t happened yet, but doesn’t it always seem to pour on Good Friday?

On this Good Friday, I want to tell you about a few really good people who helped us purchase our home. Most folks in these professions will tell you that a referral is the best thank you a client can give them. Well, this is my referral. I highly recommend the following folks if you are going to buy a home.

Scott Curcio

-Attorney (I’ve always wanted to say I have an attorney)
Mike Mazek

-Mortgage Guy
Willie Bren

Michelle Teague

The key to this quartet

Really Cute. Our niece Tess enjoying Pompeii.

is the “You Don’t Make Me Feel Like A Dumb Ass” factor. All of them answered questions and even answered questions they knew we had, but we may have felt a little silly asking them. A couple of them we discovered because of a referral. If you want to ask me about any of these folks, please let me know.

AWESOME: I’ve been lucky enough to hang out with our niece Tess over the last couple of days (and other members of Molly’s family; you guys are fun too!). She makes me realize just how fun and hard it will be to be a parent. She is so fun and adorable and at the same time I get so nervous that she might put something she shouldn’t in her mouth or fall funny on cement. I can imagine the ups and downs and highs and lows vary a ton. But she is funny. As I enjoy watching her, I can’t wait to have our baby out in public and watch her/him look around, eyes darting everywhere, reaching out to touch everything and trying to grasp exactly what’s going on. From afar, parenting appears to be a daily science project.

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The Countdown Begins – Awesome

There are 26 days until SulliChild has been predicted to exit his/her current address for more spacious surroundings.

There are 26 (.2) miles in a marathon. SulliParents have completed 10 marathons in total. (SulliMom with seven) Can you believe Molly already is planning on running the Disney Marathon in January ’11? She is amazing. I’m 99.9% sure I’m retired. But like MJ, I’ve creaked the door open for a return.

Each day until April 23rd I’ll post a mile, er, article of awesomeness. That is, something awesome to do as a father, something awesome to use, an awesome toy, awesome food, awesome…whatever. Now, these may be things I presume will be awesome. In many cases, I will not have experienced said awesome item.

But I digress. Today’s awesome item is a cross between Skype and Kumon Learning Center. Plus, it was created here in Chicago and has offices about a mile from SulliCrib.

Meet Readeo. If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think. It looks awesome.

SulliFolks celebrating AWESOMENESS ND-USC Football during SulliMom's pal Jen's birthday last fall. Yes, that's a ND shirt, not UIC. Special circumstances friends. Photo Credit: The Awesome duo of Jen and CJ

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